Sleep Boosts Immunity
A great way to fend off your cold is to get good quality sleep. Sleep is vital in maintaining a strong immune system and improving your bodies ability to fend off the bugs. 8 hours is the recommended amount of time but it's not just hours but the quality that counts.
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called Cytokines, some of which help promote quality sleep. Certain Cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation can decrease the production of these protective proteins. Also, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.
It’s not just the power of sleep
Great sleep alone won't help prevent you catching a cold. Healthy eating, regular exercise and washing your hands regularly are all simple steps in keeping healthy this winter.